Plant Talk, a quarterly journal

Diane Whitehead
Sat, 20 Dec 2003 20:26:40 PST
Jane's mention of the difficulty of buying foreign language plant 
books led me to a Google search, and I have just spent way more time 
than I expected reading book reviews.  It is amazing how many books 
there are about chiles, the capsicums, or written by several people 
with the surname Chiles, all of which have to be waded through to 
find books about Chile, the country.

What I did discover, to my surprise, is a plant journal I have never 
heard of before.  It is Plant Talk, published by The National 
Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii. It doesn't write only about 
tropical plants.  Here are a few articles in the newest quarterly 

Yunnan: Ethnobotany in the service of conservation. Martin Walters 
and Hu Huabin describe the flora and vegetation of Yunnan, this most 
diverse province of China, and how the work of a new generation of 
Chinese ethnobotanists has helped guide government policy towards the 
environment, especially through respecting the traditions of local 
people and their balance with natural resources. One fascinating 
aspect is the number of plant-rich areas protected as sacred sites, 
whether as holy hills, temple gardens or cemetery forests.

Planning for plants. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist 
at the New England Wild Flower Society, outlines a recent project of 
the Society to prepare detailed conservation plans for over 100 rare 
plant taxa

Small is beautiful; Bryophyte conservation in Britain and north-west 
Europe, by Jenny Duckworth. A nature reserve with a difference opened 
in September at Wakehurst Place

A Transylvanian wood-pasture. John Akeroyd admires a magnificent 
example of wood pasture, a notable stand of "old oak forest" in 
Sighisoara in Romania.

		Diane Whitehead

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